Kilimanjaro Machame Route 2020/2021

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, Machame is the second most popular of the Kilimanjaro routes. It is also known as the “Whiskey” route since it is more arduous than the “Coca Cola” (Marangu) route owing to its longer and steeper walks, and lack of sleeping huts. Although Machame is regarded a difficult ...

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7 Days Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking - Machame Route

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6 Day Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek (Machame Route)

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Kilimanjaro Machame Route & Serengeti Safari: 12 Days

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Fast and concise answers anytime we needed some infos. Gody was super great. We recommand Bless Afri ...
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Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route (Six Days)

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Machame Route was a challenging but rewarding hike. My guides helped me feel safe and have fun on th ...
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Kilimanjaro - Machame route

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Mt. Kilimanjaro - Umbwe route, 8 days

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Kilimanjaro - Machame route, 7 day Private

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6-Day Tanzania Explorers Machame climbing

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7 Days Machame Route

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Kilimanjaro Machame route Reviews

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Based on 51 customer reviews
Great Hike on Quick Notice! Reviewed Tour: Mount Kilimanjaro Machame Route (Six Days)
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  • From USA
“Machame Route was a challenging but rewarding hike. My guides helped me feel safe and have fun on the mountain. In addition, masks were worn and social distancing precautions were taken. It was a blast and got some great photos of me in the snow on Uhuru Peak!”
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  • Bonnie Lindwel
  • From New Zealand
“Last week my husband and I finally did the 6 days private Kilimanjaro Machame route trek after a lot of uncertainties owing to Coronavirus related travel restrictions. Amos advised us to take add an extra day for acclimatization and we are very glad that we took his advice. Our actual experience is a lifelong experience of the pleasure and pain that came with trek. Were it not for the amazing climbing crew with Epa as the senior guide, we definitely would not have made it safely to the summit. They ensured our safety and comfort all through the 6 days, their expertise, experience and motivation led us to Uhuru Peak. Everything from the daily trekking distances, equipment, food, water, tents, sleeping bags, chemical toilet, first-aid boxwas well planned for.This was an awesome experience”
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  • Emma Newman
  • From USA
“Kilimanjaro trekking with Migration Venture was recommended by a former classmate and I happy that I listened to her advice.Every little detail of our six days Machame route climb was meticulously planned by Amos and his reservations team then perfectly carried out by senior mountain guide Epa and Vitalis his assistant. The climbing equipment was top of the range and in mint condition, tents kept us warm on the coldest nights, mats & sleeping bags comfortable to lie on. We had many great moments and nice surprises during the climb, as we clambered through different vegetation, there were few animals, mainly monkeys but lots of birds which I loved. We had great weather during the trek and it was great to reach the summit.I would not hesitate to recommend Migration Venture to other climbers.”

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Overview

Approaching Mount Kilimanjaro from the southwest, Machame is the second most popular of the Kilimanjaro routes. It is also known as the “Whiskey” route since it is more arduous than the “Coca Cola” (Marangu) route owing to its longer and steeper walks, and lack of sleeping huts. Although Machame is regarded a difficult route, it paradoxically has a higher success rate than the Marangu Route.

Beginning at the south-west side of the mountain, the route takes around six day to complete; however, seven days is advised for a day should spent for acclimatization for safety reasons and for a higher probability of a successful summit. Climbers will sleep in designated campsites in tents. Trekkers have two options to reach Uhuru Peak. Majority of the trekkers choose the long Barafu Trail that offer the scenic view of the Rebmann Glacier. The other route is on the Western Breach Route, which is more thrilling and traverses through Lava tower and the Arrow Glacier.

The Machame Route is a very popular trail probably because climbers experience spectacular scenic beauty and diversity. The trail starts off by traversing through the lush, green rainforest to the moorlands and then to dry and dusty Shira Plateau. After climbing up to the Uhuru Peak in the Arctic climate zone, the descent is made on the steep Mweka Route, which allows trekkers to experience the dry mountain desert and the lowland forest. So, take this route if you want a more challenging and scenically varied trail to the mountain and don’t mind crowds.

Machame Route - Trek Facts
Trek Difficulty: Moderate To Difficult
Trek Duration: 7 Days
Max Altitude: 5,895 Meters
Accommodation: Camping
Best Season: All Year

Kilimanjaro Machame Route - Itinerary

The below is a sample itinerary. It may vary slightly depending on the final trekking agency you choose to go with:

  • Day 1: Trek starts and we will go to Machame Camp 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 2: To Shira Camp 4 – 5 hours
  • Day 3: To Barranco Camp via Lava Tower 4 – 6 hours
  • Day 4: To Barafu Camp via Karanga Valley 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 5: To Summit and Mweka Camp 11 – 14 hours
  • Day 6: To Moshi 3 – 4 hours

Trekking facts for the Machame route in a nutshell

  • It is the most popular route -- 45% of climbers
  • Heavy Traffic
  • Moderately expensive (comparatively) as it starts at a remote location
  • Camping
  • It is a very scenic route (and also the reason for its popularity)